Flying Crane

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  1. KenpoDave

    KenpoDave 2nd Black Belt

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    It has come to my attention that Michael Schaefer, known as Flying Crane received his shodan in kenpo roughly 18 years ago. He recently began training after a 17 year absence with Ted Sumner in San Jose, CA, driving 100 miles roundtrip 2-3 times each week to train.

    This past Saturday, by his own choice, he underwent a grueling 5-hour shodan test, and has now been awarded a shodan in Tracy's Kenpo from 9th dan Ted Sumner at the San Jose Kenpo dojo.

    Congratulations, Michael, to you, your compatriots, and your teacher. Well done.
     
  2. terryl965

    terryl965 <center><font size="2"><B>Martial Talk Ultimate<BR

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    Congrats Flying Crane and good for you to start over.:asian:
     
  3. Flying Crane

    Flying Crane Sr. Grandmaster

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    Still recovering...body feels heavy... muscles are sore...fun times...beer and pizza afterwards...shuffled around all day...can't move too fast at the moment...

    I've learned a tremendous amount in the close to two years in which my wife and I have been training with Ted. One of the biggest things that has become even more clear to me (i already had an incling of it) was how much I don't understand yet. I am very much looking forward to the next leg of the journey, and am very happy with my decision to return to my martial roots in Tracy Kenpo. I've found an excellent teacher, and have some wonderful classmates, all of whose friendships have become tremendously important to me.

    Thanks Dave, and everyone else for noticing.
     
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  4. John Bishop

    John Bishop Master Black Belt

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    To empty your cup and start over again in a world where everyone's chasing high rank and multiple ranks is so highly commendable and refreshing.
    You have earned the respect of so many of us around you, and set an example for many to follow. Well done indeed.
     
  5. celtic_crippler

    celtic_crippler Senior Master

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    Outstanding! Congratulations!
     
  6. exile

    exile To him unconquered.

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    This is so outstanding... it's the true living spirit of the MAs, IMO. Well done, Michael.
     
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    HKphooey Senior Master

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    Way to go Michael!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You deserve it after all your hard work.

    Did you sleep with your belt on? :)
     
  8. SL4Drew

    SL4Drew Green Belt

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    You say that like not everyone does that. :)

    Congrats Michael!
     
  9. stickarts

    stickarts Senior Master

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    congratulations!!!!
     
  10. marlon

    marlon Master Black Belt

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    congratulations!! i am sure you will keep going! enjoy it.

    Respectfully,
    marlon
     
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    :asian: to you Mr Michael Schaefer.
     
  12. Jim Hanna

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    Congratulations Michael.

    I think that you have already contributed much to the Tracy system of kenpo through your intelligent thoughts on these forums.

    Now, I know that, as a student of Dr Sumner, you are equally physically proficient in our system.

    Jim
     
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    stone_dragone Senior Master

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    Congratulations and a very deep bow to you, FC!
     
  14. CoryKS

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    Congratulations!
     
  15. shesulsa

    shesulsa Columbia Martial Arts Academy

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    I can't beat the comments of others so I'll simply say Congratulations, FC!

    :partyon:
     
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    Awesome!!! Congrats Mike!!! :ultracool
     
  17. Twin Fist

    Twin Fist Grandmaster

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    wow, thats really cool. Massive props to you Flying Crane.

    /bow
     
  18. kidswarrior

    kidswarrior Senior Master

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    That took a lot of gumption, and just as others have done, I commend and congratulate you, Michael. I'm beginning to see why your posts are always so insightful. :asian:
     
  19. KempoGuy06

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    that is very cool. congrats

    B
     
  20. Jack Meower

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    Congratulations! That shows a lot of dedication/determination.
     

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